CAREERS: Where I Work - Jen Bernier, Account manager, ArmstrongKendall

How long have you been in your job? Three-and-a-half years.

How long have you been in your job? Three-and-a-half years.

Describe the space you work in I work in the San Jose office a couple of times a week, in a building overlooking the San Pedro Square area.

Other days I work out of my home in Capitola, in a faux wood-paneled room. When I need to escape from the 1970s nostalgia I feel there, I walk out on my deck and look at the ocean.

Do you socialize with your colleagues? Since most of the team is in Oregon, this doesn't happen as often as I'd like. Whenever any of the team comes to California, we get together for drinks or a sleepover to catch up.

They all say that during these sleepovers I keep them up all night chatting, but I'm going to tape the next sleepover so I can prove that they all talk just as much as I do.

Who is the smartest person you work with? My coworker Bill Toelke has the smartest sense of humor. He keeps me laughing even when I am having a really rough day. We call him "Rat Bastard.

Don't ask - it's an affectionate nickname, even if it doesn't look that way.

How often are you still there when the cleaners come around? If only there were cleaners in my home office ... a girl can only dream. When I go into the San Jose office, I run into the cleaners quite often as I try to keep from spilling Chinese takeout on my keyboard. I often work late when I go into the Valley so I can avoid the rush-hour traffic going back to the coast.

What is the worst thing about working there? Morning staff meetings.

After I finish eating my oat bran cereal with soy milk, the team calls me for the meeting, and starts off by describing all of the delectable treats they are enjoying. They always offer to send me some chocolate torte or scones dripping in butter, followed by hearty guffaws because they are just teasing me.

What's been your luckiest break while working there? Deciding to move to California at the end of 2000, right before the economy started slipping.

If I had waited any longer, I might not have thought it wise to make the move. The timing was just right and all our clients in the Valley are really pleased that we have a presence in their neck of the woods.

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